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"Red" Johnston, a crew chief of the 452nd Bomb Group, with a B-17 Flying Fortress (serial number 43-39439) nicknamed "Cyanide for Hitler". Image via Tim Bivens, via George Remmenga (a pilot of the 452nd Bomb Group). First handwritten caption on reverse: '"Red" Johnston crew chief, 728th BS, 452nd BG, 1945.' Second handwritten caption on reverse: '43-39439, "Jeannie with the light brown hair" on left side.'



  • 452nd Bomb Group

    452nd Bomb Group

    The 452nd Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deopham Green, Norfolk, from January 1944. The air crews hit strategic sites in Germany but also supported the movement of ground forces across Europe after D-Day. On 6 June 1944 itself, the Group...


  • 43-39439

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Hunter 16/3/45; Grenier 28/3/45; Assigned 728BS/452BG Deopham Green 29/3/45 CYANIDE FOR HITLER; Returned to the USA Bradley 28/6/45; Sth Plains 2/7/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Kingman 20/11/45. JEANNIE...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:25:27 AAM AAM ingest

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